• Change Your Clocks, Then Be Careful

    Daylight Savings Time ended Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00 AM. One of the unintended consequences of gaining that extra hour of sleep is losing the hour of daylight. For pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers this often leads to a spike in the number of injury causing crashes.


    According to professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it's not the darkness itself that's the killer, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime. These researchers calculated that pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars in the weeks immediately after the changing of the clocks. According to Gerard and Fischbeck, ending daylight saving time means roughly 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October.


    Here are some steps pedestrians/bicyclists can take to prevent death and injury:

    Wear bright colored clothing, use reflective materials and carry a small flashlight to make yourself more visible to motorists.

    Be careful of midblock crossings. The motorist may not be looking for you.

    Be aware of left turning vehicles at intersections. Pedestrians should always walk facing traffic and bicyclists must ride with traffic. The bike should be equipped with both white and red reflectors or blinking lights so that bike and rider are more visible to drivers.

    Drivers can also take some steps to avoid pedestrian/bicycle crashes:

    Prepare your vehicle. Keep headlights, taillights, signals and auxiliary lights clean and in good working condition.

    Clean the windshield and replace wipers regularly. This will help enhance visibility, particularly when it is dark outside.

    Reduce speeds particularly in areas with a high volume of foot traffic and don’t forget to yield to pedestrians.

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  • Article and Link : Is a Helmet Worth It? How Brain Injuries Affect Different Body Functions

    Happy Monday!! Many thanks to the student at Learning Haven that suggested we post the following information and link:

    Is a Helmet Worth It? How Brain Injuries Affect Different Body Functions

    If you ride bicycles, you may have an idea of just how much crashing hurts.  Crashing or being hit while riding your bicycle can be anything from simply embarrassing to majorly painful.  New riders may think that they’re skilled enough to never crash, but ask any bicycle accident lawyer and they will tell you there are many factors outside of one’s control, and the occasional crash is inevitable.

    This is why bike safety is so important.  There are so many ways that bike injuries can linger or lead to lifelong issues that to ride without the proper safety gear is very unwise.  This is especially true for those who live in a large city like New York City.  Because NYC has such a large population, there are many more people and vehicles on the streets.  It’s much more likely someone will run into you or get in your way and cause a crash.

    While broken bones will hurt and take time to heal, a head injury can be even worse.  Traumatic brain injury can be irreversible and make it difficult to function.  It can lead to vision and hearing loss, difficulty with memory, a lack of coordination, and can even affect your heart rate and ability to breathe.   Because each section of the brain controls different parts of the body, a brain injury can affect just about anything.

    Bicycle Helmet

    Bicycle Injuries: Would they have been prevented with a helmet?

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2009, 91% of all bicyclists killed in an accident were not wearing a helmet. That means out of the 628 riders who were killed that year, 573 of them weren’t wearing a helmet.  This wasn’t an abnormal year, either—the percentage of bikers who died in accidents and were not wearing a helmet has never been below 80% with the exception of the 2010-2012 statistics.  These statistics are actually the abnormality because, while 65 to 70% were not wearing helmets, another 16 to 17% are listed as “unknown,” meaning they may or may not have had some kind of protective headgear on at the time of the accident.

    The most commonly injured bicyclist is a male over 16 years old riding without a helmet in an urban area.  Out of the 601 bikers who were killed in 2012, only 166 of them had a blood alcohol content level above .08 percent.  Most were completely sober.

    What can be drawn from these statistics?  While it’s hard to say if any of the bicyclists would have survived their crash if they had been wearing a helmet (helmets cannot prevent neck or face injuries), it’s entirely possible some of them would have.


    In many non-fatal crashes, there is a definite answer: helmets reduce damage to the brain.  According to a number of studies, head injuries account for over 60 percent of all bicycle-related injuries.  In a study done by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, medical professionals reported that up to 88 percent of these head injuries that resulted in brain trauma could have been prevented had the bicyclist been wearing a helmet.

    Keep a Lid On It: Wear a Helmet – How to choose or replace a helmet.

    Cheap or Expensive Bicycle Helmets – How much of a difference is there?

    Bicyclist Fatality Facts – Statistics gathered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    Precious Protection – The evolution of helmets over the years and what designers have learned.

    What You Need to Know About Bicycle Helmets – Helmet safety for children and adults.

    TBI Infographic

    Brain Areas and Associated Functions

    Damage to the brain can lead to many different difficulties and lifelong issues.  The brain controls everything about the human body.  As such, damage to the brain can affect any part of the body, even changing a person’s behavior and abilities.  The brain can be divided into six different areas.

    The brain stem is the term for the lowest part of the brain that connects to the rest of the body.  Because it connects to the neck, the brain stem is fairly vulnerable.  Damage to the brain stem can lead to many different physical problems, including a loss of balance and the ability to sleep.  It can also cause an irregular heartbeat, breathing problems, and difficulty with swallowing.  The brain stem controls blood pressure, body temperature, sweating, and digestion, too, and any or all of these functions can be affected by damage.

    The cerebellum is the part of the brain that coordinates movement, balance, equilibrium, and helps with reflexes.  Those who have damage to their cerebellum may have difficulty performing complex actions or, in the case of major damage, basic actions like walking.

    The frontal lobe is where much of our thinking occurs.  It controls things like how we perceive our environment, our emotions, our language, and how we understand concepts and solve problems.  A head injury that affects the frontal lobe can make it very difficult to function.

    The parietal lobe handles many of our senses, including touch perception and our ability to manipulate objects.  Damage here can throw off how the senses work together.

    The occipital lobes are concerned with one function: vision.  Damage to these lobes can lead to a loss of vision and blurred vision.

    Finally, the temporal lobes handle hearing, memory, emotion, and the processing of verbal information.  Light damage can cause a decrease in hearing or in memory, while major damage can leave someone unable to express emotion or remember much of anything.

    Understanding Brain Injury – What you should know about brain injury recovery.

    How Your Brain Works – An informative slideshow from the Mayo Clinic.

    Brain Basics: Know Your Brain – A look at how the brain functions.

    Living with Brain Injury – The difficulties a brain injury can cause and how one can adapt.

    Traumatic Brain Injury – What can happen when the brain is injured.

    Brain Lateralization

    Parts of The Brain and Their Functions – How will brain damage affect your functionality?

    The Four Lobes – What they are and what they do.

    Brain Structures and their Functions  – An online resource on the brain.

    Damage to the Frontal Lobes – How an injury to the frontal lobe affects a person.

    Parts of the Brain and Their Functions – Details the different sections of the brain.

    While being injured in a bicycle crash may be inevitable, wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the chances or severity of brain damage.  In many cases, a brain injury doesn’t just affect one area—several parts of the brain can be damaged, leading to a number of different problems for the bicyclist.  Why risk that?  A helmet is a fairly inexpensive and easy to wear piece of equipment that can provide a great amount of protection.  It seems a risk that few people should be willing to take, yet many people ride their bikes without wearing a helmet.  Even worse, a number of parents let their children ride bikes without proper safety gear.  No one is too young or too old to wear a helmet.

    Don’t open yourself up to brain damage from a bicycle injury.  Purchase and wear a helmet whenever you ride.

  • Bicycle Rodeo at Westbury, NY Lutheran Church, August 15, 2019

    Lowell Wolf and Mark Hoffacker (pictured below) from the NY Coalition for Transportation Safety conducted a bicycle for the children who are attending summer camp at the Westbury Lutheran church. Children learned to improve their handling of their bicycles, the need for bicycle helmets when they are riding wheeled vehicles and how to maintain their bikes/scooters for maximum safety.

  • Nassau County has a backlog of complaints abut unsafe intersections and roadways - Schedule your school program today!

    According to Newsday, Nassau County has a backlog of complaints abut unsafe intersections and roadways throughout the County. These locations, as identified by Nassau County Department of Public are “unsafe for various reasons ranging from aging roadways with increasing amounts of traffic and accidents caused by misuse of cellphones while driving.” Many of the locations will require traffic studies taking upwards of a year to complete before improvements can be made.

    In the meantime, to help remediate the problem, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, through the services of the NY Coalition for Transportation Safety, will offer traffic safety education programs upon request for schools, senior centers and community organizations. Programs cover pedestrian safety and bicycle safety as well as relevant sections of the NY State Vehicle & Traffic Law that applies to pedestrians and bicyclists. Program participants can also learn how to assess their environment for the safest places to walk or bike. Programs are approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

    To schedule a program for your school or organization, please call Cynthia Brown, 516-571-6808 or email her at

    Programs are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through a grant from the NY State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

  • Bicycle Safety and Helmet Distribution, Point Lookout, NY

    The New York Coalition for Transportation Safety, at the request of Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, conducted a bicycle safety educational program in Point Lookout, NY. The program included instruction in bicycle safety and the distribution of bicycle helmets to nearly 50 children and adults who attended. According to Legislator Ford, Point Lookout and its surrounding communities have the most bicyclists on the streets in Nassau County at any given time. Legislator Ford, who donated more than 2 dozen helmets for the event, urged her constituents to ride their bikes carefully and responsibly. “I hope that promoting bicycle safety will improve the well-being of our residents, reduce injuries and save lives.”   



    NY Coalition for Transportation staff fit bicycle helmets for both

    youngsters and adults who participated in the Pt. Lookout Bicycle

    Safety Education Program and Helmet giveaway. Legislator

    Ford (top) watches as a young man gets his first bicycle helmet.

  • WALK BIKE NASSAU Event -  June 5th 2018

    WALK BIKE NASSAU Event - June 5th 2018

    Thank you to all attendees and supporting organizations including AAA, DEDICATEDD and the NY State Governor's Traffice Safety Committe for helping us make this event a such a success!

    DEDICATEDD table -  Wendy Tepfer and Marge Lee

    Triple AAA

    Safe Kids

    Queens County Traffic Safety Program

    All photo credits: Carl Tepfer

  • WALK-BIKE NASSAU, Save the Date!

    photo credit Ian J. Stark

    The first ever county-wide pedestrian and bicycle safety event!

    The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) in partnership with the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board and Long Island Health Collaborative presents Walk-Bike Nassau.

    Walk-Bike Nassau mission is to raise awareness, provide education and empower residents and community leaders in Nassau County to increase health and safety for everyone who is walking and biking.

    Location: Yes We Can Center

    141 Garden Street Westbury, NY

    Accessible via public transit. Parking available.

    Flyers and website up shortly